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26 Jul 2021
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Council staff recommend Peninsula land be kept
Council to decide reserve land sale to shopping centre
Mt Ettalong Reserve Masterplan up for adoption
Dominic appointed as law firm partner
Initial meeting held to discuss residents' association
Shade trees group joins environment group
Adoption of Greener Spaces Strategy recommended
Maps show Peninsula 'heat island' without vegetation
Woy Woy is 'case study' in Greener Spaces Strategy
Tesch welcomes recommendation to keep council land
Council fails to acknowledge Peninsula News coverage
Bid to repair whale tail sculptures
Koala translocation research funding secured
Survey fails to find koalas at Pearl Beach
Online shopping increase during lockdown
Shopping centre is open for essential shopping
Ferries cancelled
Ferries diverted
Davistown ferry cancelled
Association seeks $20,000 in donations for hall
Tesch urges businesses to apply for new payments
Car boot sale set to resume in August
Rotary club announces board
More uses for native trees
Tower is part of emergency network
Recognised by British 'twin club'
Tesch calls for reintroduction of JobKeeper
Wicks seeks review of Central Coast's regional status
Coast is already stand-alone region, says Crouch
Dry July is drier than usual
Three storeys 'better than generic, bland gun-barrel'
Resident submission leads to comment period extension
Three-unit proposal for Bowden Rd
Proposal for four two-bedroom units in Farnell Rd
More staff and technology for major project assessment
Austin Butler oval sale offers no quick fix
Referendum is a serious affront to democracy
Take up a hobby, CWA branch suggests
Get vaccinated is doctor's advice
Hospital sponsors mental health art competition
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Art trail scheduled for long weekend
Art exhibition planned for Coastal Twist festival
Jazz in Spring planned for October
Patchwork group shows term's work
Snow trip cancelled for second year
School office is temporarily relocated
Ettalong undergoes 'external validation'
Teachers read children's books on video channel
Suggested home learning times
Kindergarten open day cancelled
School staff limited to between two and five
Artwork submitted in secondary school artists comp
Zoo excursion is rescheduled
Bicycle Tour 'placed in hibernation'
Bridge closed for lockdown
Netball association to hold Koori gala day
Bowls club postpones Kingfisher carnivals
Southern Spirit seeks players for coming season
Nominated as youth volunteer of the year



Coast is already stand-alone region, says Crouch

Central Coast Parliamentary Secretary Mr Adam Crouch appears to have repudiated calls by Federal Liberal Member for Robertson, Ms Lucy Wicks, for the Central Coast to be declared a "stand-alone region".

Mr Crouch said: "The Central Coast's identity as a stand-alone region with Gosford as its capital city has been enshrined in law, thanks to changes in NSW legislation made in 2020."

He said all agencies and departments of the NSW Government now formally recognised the Central Coast as a stand-alone region.

"I've worked hard to ensure our region receives and retains its own Local Health District, a district within the Rural Fire Service, standalone Police Districts, Education Department directorates, and dedicated teams of staff within the departments of Regional NSW and Planning, Industry and Environment," Mr Crouch said.

"Central Coast Council is already reaping the rewards of our regional status having received tens of millions of dollars of grant funding that is not available to metropolitan areas like Newcastle and Wollongong, and on my watch this will continue."

Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Mr Rob Stokes had said the Central Coast region was its own region, separate from the Greater Sydney or Hunter regions, according to Mr Crouch.

He reported Mr Stockes saying: "Last August, I signed a Ministerial Order declaring the NSW Government's nine regional boundaries - including Central Coast as its own region.

"This boundary for the Central Coast is consistent with the boundary used in the Central Coast Regional Plan released in 2016, which also recognises Gosford as the capital of the region."

Mr Crouch said: "To support the region's future, the NSW Government will soon be releasing a first-of-its-kind Central Coast Strategy and the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment is currently developing a new Central Coast Regional Plan."

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